Work

SRSG Santos Pais participates in the launch of Nigeria's Violence against Children Survey

20/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
 
SRSG Santos Pais visits Abuja and Lagos to support the launch of the Government’s Violence against Children Survey and efforts to implement the Nigerian Year of Action to End Violence Against Children. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Nigeria and other key stakeholders on the importance of using data and research to shed light on the hidden face of violence and to implement evidence-based policies and campaigns to end violence against children.  
 

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children with disabilities

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children
03/12/2015

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to violence against children with disabilities and adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDViolence against Children with Disabilities.

There are at least 93 million children with disabilities around the world. Many are considered to be a cause of shame to their families and a curse and misfortune for their communities. The lives of children with disabilities can be surrounded by stigma, discrimination, cultural prejudices, ill-perceptions and shocking invisibility. In addition, children with disabilities are at dramatically heightened risk of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation.

In spite of limited data and research, available studies reveal an alarming prevalence of violence against children with disabilities – from higher vulnerability to physical and emotional violence when they are young to greater risks of sexual violence as they reach puberty.

Special Representative Santos Pais welcomes the European Day against Sexual Violence

European Day on the Protection of Children against sexual exploitation and abuse
18/11/2015

Marking the first European Day against Sexual Violence on 18 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomed this important initiative by the Council of Europe. The European Day against Sexual Violence will help to raise public awareness of children's protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, while strengthening prevention initiatives and promoting the ratification and implementation of the Council's Lanzarote Convention. Special Representative Santos Pais commends the efforts of the Council of Europe, including through the ONE in FIVE Campaign which aims to achieve further ratification and implementation of the treaty.

Migration and youth: Harnessing opportunities for development

17/05/2011

We live in a globalizing world, in constant change. The search for better economic opportunities and for a better lifestyle, on the one hand; and political instability and armed conflicts, violence and discrimination, climate change and natural disasters, on the other, are some of the reasons behind international and internal migration flows – from South to North, and more significantly, across and within countries in the South.

Some 214 million persons worldwide - or 3.1 per cent of the world’s population - are international migrants, while 740 million persons migrate within borders. According to the World Bank, about a third of the migrant flow from all developing countries, are young people between 12 and 24 years of age. This includes millions of children below 18 years who migrate, either together with their parents or on their own.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

A/70/222
31/07/2015
Summary
 
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/157. The Special Rapporteur, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, describes the activities undertaken in relation to the discharge of her mandate since her previous report to the Assembly (A/69/262).
 
She also provides a study containing an analysis of the effects of the sale and sexual exploitation of children on child victims and advocates for the establishment of comprehensive, rights-based and child-centred care, recovery and reintegration programmes as part of effective national child protection systems.

Follow-up to the outcome of the special session of the General Assembly on children - Report of the Secretary-General

A/70/265
03/08/2015
Summary
 
The present report assesses the steps taken in 2014 to achieve a world fit for children, highlighting the gaps in achievement as well as the strategic shifts necessary to achieve the unmet goals.
The report has been prepared in response to General Assembly resolution S-27/2, adopted at the twenty-seventh special session in 2002, and resolutions 58/282 and 61/272, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report regularly on progress made in implementing the Plan of Action included in the annex to the resolution entitled “A world fit for children”.

The girl child - Report of the Secretary-General

A/70/267
04/08/2016
Summary
 
The present report responds to the request of the General Assembly in its resolution 68/146 that the Secretary-General submit a report on the implementation of the resolution. It contains a brief overview of international obligations and global commitments with respect to the girl child. It addresses progress and challenges in areas such as poverty, equity, education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, HIV and AIDS, protection from violence, abuse and exploitation, child participation and human rights education

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais

20/11/2014

New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the international community. The world has changed immensely since 1989 but the ethos of the Convention endures.